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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass

Gift Certificates are now available for The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass which includes:

School of Banjo with Tony Trischka
School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall
School of Fiddle with Darol Anger
School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton
School of Bass with Missy Raines

What Is It?

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass players access to one of the most comprehensive curriculums, as well as a number of interactive social features.  Hundreds of instructional video lessons teach students everything from tuning their instruments, chords, scales and arpeggios to  improvisation, bowing and picking techniques, and lots of great Bluegrass tunes.  Unlike other video-based sites and DVDs, this innovative online music academy gives students the opportunity to send their teacher a recorded video of themselves practicing and receive personal feedback and individualized instruction in the form of a video response.  Students from all the Schools can also meet and socialize at the Academy of Bluegrass Hub.

Check it out now at

School of Fiddle with Darol Anger


Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his founding of numerous pathbreaking ensembles.  Darol teaches at the Berklee College Of Music and at Mark O'Connor and Aladair Fraser’s Fiddle Conferences. Read more.
School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton


Bryan Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder and has gone on to work with artists including Rhonda Vincent, Dixie Chicks and Dolly Parton.  Bryan was awarded a Grammy in 2007 and has been honored as IBMA ‘Guitarist of the Year’ six times.  Read more.
School of Banjo with Tony Trischka


Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians.  Read more.
School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall


For over 35 years Mike Marshall has pushed the boundaries of acoustic music and can be heard on hundreds of recordings as a composer, featured artist, sideman and producer.  A master of the mandolin he co-founded The Mandolin Symposium, a one week mandolin camp attended by over 150 mandolinists.    Read more.
School of Bass with Missy Raines


Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association- with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit.  Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she’s been playing music.
Read more.

Friday, June 03, 2011

You Tube interview re: Memorial festival

IPFW Arts Weekly speaks with the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association

Linda & I were invited to present NIBGA on Fort Wayne PBS. The show was aired on May 15, 2011. It includes video from the DVD made in May 2005 by Gordon Peterson.

I had a couple of facts in error during the interview. Can you spot them?  Add a comment here.

NIBGA Board minutes at Memorial 2011 festival

Sunday May 22, 2011
Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association meeting; Noble County Fairgrounds ~ U.S. 6 & Fair Street Kendallville, Indiana
Meeting was called to order by President Jim Winger at 2:15 P.M.
Officers Present:                        Board Directors:
  Pres. Jim Winger                        T. J. Collins
  V. Pres. Joe Steiner                    Pam Keiper
  Sect. Barbara Collins                 Paul Saurborn
  Treas. Linda Winger
Others present: Chris Cooperrider- Taxi Chair/special projects; Jeanette Young-Vendor Chair;
Leslie Ellis-co-gate captain &(Michael); Sandy & Charlie Carnes; Dave Keiper; Patty & George Page; Tonia Bacon; Jenna & Jade Bacon; Richard & Carol Bacon; Julie Goldsmith-Kid's Korner Chair & Maggie Goldsmith; Jay Winger .

  • April Secretary's report was sent by e-mail in April to all officers, by Secretary Barbara Collins. V. Pres Joe Steiner motioned to accept. Paul Saurborn second. All approve. Motion carried.
  • April Treasurer's report was sent by e-mail in mid May by Treasurer Linda Winger.  Paul Saurborn motioned to accept. Pam Keiper second. All approve. Motion carried.


  • Summer mailing of newsletters will be done and sent by officers. List was reviewed and stands as is. 
  • WiFi on fairgrounds is up. Pointed towards the Hotel to the East works best. Also can pick it up at the Merchants building. 
  • Streets in the fairgrounds will be done Thursday morning. 
  • Honey Wagon and Trash pick-up schedule was reviewed.


  • Taxes were submitted by May 15 which was on time.
  • 501c3 – Encourage E-mail addresses on membership sign ups. 
  • IBMA – Fall 2011. Joe Steiner suggest that who ever attends the IBMA conference this year does not stay the entire time. NIBGA will not be having a Showcase room or sponsoring a showcase  in the ball room. Paul Saurborn motioned to give Joe Steiner and Jim Winger authority to make the decision on the amount to spend and how much time to attend IBMA Conference. Pam Keiper second. All approve. Motion carried.
  • Gate Captains will share golf carts during the festival. They will make the decision among themselves. 
  • Workshop schedule; See 'Hand out' All set to go. Tables and chairs will be set up for each workshop spot. 
  • Advertising; 5 radio stations, place mats in Kendallville and Fort Wayne restaurants. 3 stations give 2 daily tickets per call in. 3 x 3 = 9 tickets. 


  • Single point of contact for festival problems are Jim Winger / Don Moore.
  • Weekend tickets have been distributed to all officers. 
  • No band buses coming in as of now. Possibly Lonesome Travelers later. No 50 amp needed.
  • Chris C. - All bands that wanted hosts and Host have been paired. 
  • Joe S. - Notify all bands that there will be two tickets per member at the gate. They need to sign for their tickets. 
  • HillBenders will be playing a show at the Sacred Hearts Home on Friday at 4p.m. Channel 15 might cover this.
  • L.W. - Announcers for Thursday thru Sunday; Cheri McKinley, Terry Gratis, Chris Vogie, Terry Thacker.
  • Gate:  Pam K. / Paul S. - Some gate volunteers signed. – Radio stations will get 9 pair day passes - Linda Winger.  
  • Grounds: TJ / Dave K. – Most electric all right. Some wires will be fixed. Plenty of parking space.
  • Kids Korner – Home depot gave 50 kits for kids to work on. Need 13 tables and 36 chairs in the building by Wednesday p.m. or Thursday a.m.  so Julie can set up. 
  • Merchandise: Barb Collins says she will do inventory today. Jeanette Young and girls will help. 
  • Jeanette Young, Vendor Chair – Some have dropped out this week. Others hopefully are still coming. No Bake sale vendor could be found. Ones for sure as of now are Ice Cream Stand, Lemon Shake-Up, Moose Food Stand, Lions Food Stand, Dog House.
  • Chris C. – Taxi sign up sheets will be at the Log Ice Cream Stand. Sheriff schedule. Thursday eve., Friday eve., Saturday all day, no Sunday. 
  • Security Systems in log cabin and merchants building require deactivation. JW has codes
  • Introduction of Board and Chairs on stage Saturday 5/28 @ 2:15p.m.
  • Jim & Linda's phones have been reported to 911 as an emergency contact. 
  • All chairs report – off grounds schedules. 
  • Stage will be brought in Monday by Paul & Dave K.

Motion to adjourn; T.J. motioned, Paul S. second.        3:15p.m.
Next board meeting , Thursday 5/26 --  1p.m. --   @ Wingers trailer.
Sincerely Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association Secretary – Barbara Collins

Thursday May 26th, 2011 at Wingers trailer – Kendallville Fairgrounds
Meeting called to order by Pres. Jim Winger at 1:00p.m.
Pres. Jim Winger                                     TJ Collins
V. Pres Joe Steiner                                  Pam Keiper
Sect. Barbara Collins                             Paul Saurborn
Treas. Linda Winger
Dave Keiper, Dave Vogie, Jeanette Young, George Page, Leslie Ellis, Jan Meed, Chris Cooperrider, Dave Smith, Marannie Vogie.

  • Chris C. – Need more taxi drivers for later in the week. Have plenty for now.
  • Jeanette Y. – Vendors – One coming yet. Hand bag lady/not sure. The rest expected are here.
  • Joe S. – Nothing changed. Lonesome Travelers are here in a bus.  [Need 30amp for Bull Harmen]
  • Gate: Need more volunteers for Saturday.
  • Grounds: TJ says – Going good. 
  • Barb C. – Inventory was done on Sunday 5/22. Will set up Merchandise in the Merchants building due to heavy rain and muddy ground in tent. 

Meeting adjourned @ 1:11p.m.
NIBGA Secretary – Barbara Collins